Park City History Bits

KPCW and the Park City Museum present Park City History Bits

Get a taste of Park City history every week this summer with a new bit provided by the historians of the Park City Museum. A new nugget of history silver debuts every Thursday and replays throughout the week.

  

This series of Park City History Bits is brought to you by the Park City Museum, where you can explore Park City history every day on Main Street, and sponsored by Julie Hopkins of Keller Williams Real Estate.

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Park City History
5:22 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Park City History Bits - December 5, 2013

Did you know the “King of Denmark’s” saloon helped Park City recover from the Great Fire of 1898?

This is Bill Redeker with your weekly Park City History Bit.

George Wanning was born around 1859 in Denmark, arriving in Park City in the late 1870s. Wanning helped build the town, but what might have been his most significant mark on local history was his saloon.

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Park City History
3:14 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Park City History Bits - November 28, 2013

Did you remember how you used to get up the ski hill?

This is Chris Waddell with your weekly Park City History Bit.

When Treasure Mountains Resort (now Park City Mountain Resort) opened in 1963, it featured the Prospector double chairlift, two J-bars and a two-and-a-half-mile aerial tramway, said to be the longest in North America. A four-passenger gondola from the resort base to the top of Pinion Ridge quickly became a popular attraction.

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Park City History
11:59 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Park City History Bits - November 21, 2013

Did you know avoiding water was once a huge challenge for miners?

This is Mark Eaton, with your weekly Park City History Bit.

Park City’s Ontario mine descended 2,500 feet below ground, and a giant Cornish Pump had to pump nearly four million gallons a day from a thousand-foot depth to the drain tunnel on the 600-foot level.

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Park City History
9:09 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Park City History Bits - November 14, 2013

Did you know a murder in 1883 shocked Park City’s citizens, who dealt with lawlessness almost daily?

This is Chris Waddell with your weekly Park City History Bit.

Two of Park City’s prominent prospectors, Matt Brennan and E. M. Wheeler, were riding their horses near the mouth of Iron Canyon, inspecting mining claims. 

Suddenly, a shot rang out and Brennan dropped from his horse. Brennan’s dying words were, “Black Jack Murphy done me in.” Murphy surrendered to the local sheriff after escaping Wheeler and friends. 

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Park City History
12:03 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Park City History Bits - November 7, 2013

Did you know you once were able to get to Park City’s ski trails by subway?

This is Hope Woodside with your weekly Park City History Bit.

Two years after ski slopes opened in 1963 at Treasure Mountains Resort, now Park City Mountain Resort, a Skier's Subway was used to transport skiers nearly two-and-a-half miles into the mountain, through the pitch-black Spiro Tunnel.

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Park City History
6:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Park City History Bits - October 31, 2013

Did you know the famous Pony Express came right through Summit County?

This is Bill Redeker with your weekly Park City History Bit.

As kids we loved learning about The Pony Express, but it actually only operated for 18 months, from April 1860 to October 1861.

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Park City History
6:01 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Park City History Bits - October 24, 2013

Have you heard of the two women who ran the Park City franchise of the world’s oldest profession?

This is Mark Eaton with your weekly Park City History Bit.

Park City had few respectable jobs for single women during the mining days. But one time-tested occupation thrived for at least 70 years.

Prostitution was a difficult way to make a living. The Park Record documents stories of assaults, gunfights and suicide attempts on “The Row,” the area where prostitutes lived, now Deer Valley Drive.

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Park City History
5:35 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Park City History Bits - October 17, 2013

Did you know there was a time when Kings & Queens ruled Park City – as well as cleaned, cooked and staffed the front desk at the Chateaux Après Lodge?

This is Hope Woodside with your weekly Park City History Bit.

Back in the 1970s and ‘80s the owners of Chateaux Après, Ed and Sue Hosenfeld, ran ads throughout the United States to recruit kids to help them run the lodge with their eight children. To boost response, they nicknamed the positions “Kings” and “Queens.”

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Park City History
4:29 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Park City History Bits - October 10, 2013

Did you know Park City’s first ski resort was actually started by two ski buddies? 

This is Bill Redeker with your weekly Park City History Bit.

“Snow Park”, as the resort was called, was built in the summer of 1946 where lower Deer Valley Resort is today and was named after the local ski club. The founders were two friends, Otto Carpenter and Bob Burns. 

The original lift, called the Ottobahn, was a T-bar. When the T-bars were unoccupied, they would drag in the snow, get caught and start pulling down the lift. 

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Park City History Bits
12:33 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Park City History Bits - August 22, 2013

Whose life was more valuable in 1899 – a horse’s or a miner’s?

This is Diane Foster, with your weekly Park City History Bit.

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